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It was Mr.Tom’s birthday recently so we went in to town to celebrate and stumbled across the Cadbury Marvellous Creations Travelling Funfair. The Cookie Crunch is awesome, but not as cool as their website via mobile, which is a joy to behold.

Anyway, lots of things were happening and all in all it went a bit like this…

Cadbury Marvellous Creations Travelling Funfair

These chaps sang songs and got you to scream, “Pop!” as loud as you could until chocolate rained (read: was handed through the holes) down on the eagerly awaiting crowd.

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Then these nut cannons chucked plastic hazelnuts into the air which you had to capture in your bespoke nut catching hat and net.

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The aim was to fill up your card with stamps by completing these games to get free chocolate. All in all it was good laugh and a brilliant bit of experiential marketing from Cadbury’s. The highlight in my opinion was the NFC/RFID chip on the back of your card that you could link to Facebook so all your activities and photos from the day were logged and shared on Facebook….except it didn’t work for me.

Even still, it reminds me of the Coca-Cola fun park which allowed kids to like drinks and rides via a wristband linked with Facebook. Loving the real-world/online interaction and the fun of the event – it’s only a shame they couldn’t have brought Joyville weather instead of the dreary Manchester rain!

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So, today I totally ran (read: ran/walked) the Bupa Great Manchester Run. It was hot as hell, I hadn’t trained and I forgot my anti-blister stick – meaning I had blisters the size of golf balls, which had popped by the 6.5 km – but I did it. I’m not even going to state my time, as to be fair, I’m pretty disappointed. The fact remains that I did do it and I’ve now signed up for 2014 already and this time I’m determined to do it properly….I’m going for 1 hour 5 mins or less.

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Had a cheeky reward burrito from Barburrito – try the new brown rice. It’s lush!

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In all seriousness though, my job is pretty hectic and I don’t get to exercise as much as a I’d like; plus I have a tendency to eat when I’m stressed – a pretty lethal combination.

A recent article in The Drum said that, “70% of marketing and communications agency employees say work affects their health,” and I can both believe it and relate.

This is a promise to myself that I have to be better at this. No, it doesn’t mean that I’m never going to drink beer and eat take out again (because, quite frankly, that ain’t going to happen!), but it does mean that I’m going to have to be a better operator of the 80-20 rule AND actually get my ass to the gym/on a bike/pounding the pavement. Even if it is hard after a day at work. I think I’ve been hiding behind a lack of time for a while now and really, it isn’t a good enough excuse.

There is never going to be enough time, you have to make it.

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